India has a great history of courageous women who didn’t just fight for basic rights but also worked for the development of society as a whole. These women endured the greatest of the hardship and even imprisonment for their ideologies.
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, here are some women from Indian history who deserve a biopic.
She was only nine years old when she got married to Jyotirao Phule. She completed her studies after marriage and also went on to become the first Indian female teacher. With her husband by her side, Savitribai Phule opened a school for girls and was a staunch supporter of women’s education. Her life needs a mainstream Bollywood film for other Indian women to be inspired by her.
During the Quit India Movement in 1942, 17-year-old Kanaklata was the leader of unarmed villagers whose main purpose was to hoist the Indian flag at the local police station. The group did not deter from their mission despite being warned by the police several times. Kanaklata held the flag and was shot dead. In the modern days, she is summoned as the freedom fighter and her statue stands tall at Bongabari, Gohpur, Assam.
Justice Anna Chandy
Justice Anna Chandy was literally the ‘first-generation feminist’ who was also the pioneer to become a high-court judge and first female judge in the country. Other than encouraging women to take the career in law, she also fought for women’s rights in Shrimati magazine which was edited and also founded by her. After retirement, she served the Law Commission of India. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see a film about her life? What do you think?
Just like Savitribai Phule, Anandibai was also married at a tender of 9 years. She along with her husband moved to Kolkata after marriage where she learned Sanskrit and English. With the constant encouragement from her husband, Anandibai studied medicine and became the first Indian woman to obtain a degree in Western medicine from Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. She succumbed to tuberculosis at the age of 21.
Captain Prem Mathur
The first woman to obtain a commercial pilot license was Captain Prem Mathur. She got the license in 1947 after being refused by eight airlines. She was finally hired by Deccan Airways. She flew high profile people like Lady Mountbatten, Indira Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri during her career as a pilot. For the rest of her career, she worked with Indian Airlines.
We hope that Bollywood makes films on these inspiring and courageous lives in the near future.